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Hi there! My name is Maxim Milyutin. I am based in Irkutsk, Russia's Siberia. Traveller, organiser of local travel talks, and owner of Irkutsk hostel. Travel for me is not necessary movement to some place far away from home, it's a state of soul. That's why I like to travel around my home region and and abroad as well. I'm happy to share my knowledge about Baikal with everybody! Feel free to ask me about Lake Baikal via the contact form Tatiana Baksheeva, our previous blog runner, remains with us as a contributor.

TOP Places to Visit at Lake Baikal, Russia [tips + video]

Chersky Rock at Lake Baikal, Russia. Photo by Panoramio.com

On the boat. On Lake Baikal.

Chersky Rock at Lake Baikal, Russia. Photo by Panoramio.com

Lake Baikal is the oldest, the deepest and one of the most fascinating lakes of the world. Wherever you go at this charming lake, you will feel its spirit, spend a wonderful time and will be filled with its powerful positive energy!

If you arrive in Irkutsk and you are limited in time or have limited budget, then it’s better to visit Listvyanka, which is situated on the shore of Lake Baikal, 70 km (44 mi) from Irkutsk.

In Listvyanaka, you can discover Shaman Rock , take a ropeway to Chersky Rock, try local cuisine, admire the beautiful view, visit the Baikal Museum and the Baikal Seal Aquarium with performing nerpas and do many other interesting things.

If you have several days at your disposal, visit Olkhon, a legendary island on Lake Baikal, the biggest and one of the most mysterious. According to Buryat people, Olkhon is the abode of the Baikal spirits. You will be fascinated with the diversity of landscapes and enigmatic atmosphere of this incredibly beautiful island!

But if you are looking for solitude and unity with nature, take your time and make for the North of the lake. Visit Svyatoy Nos Peninsula and the Barguzinsky Gulf with its warm and clean water, wild sandy beaches and amazing nature!

Any place at Lake Baikal is worth visiting, any part of it possesses enchanting beauty and magic energy. You can learn more about Lake Baikal and choose your destination.

The article was written by our partner BaikalNature.

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